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  • 14 Gospel Principles

    In the interest of keeping sight of our ultimate purpose as parents, as well as understanding the big-picture view of God’s plan for us, here are some helpful principles from the book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, by Paul Tripp:

    Principle #1 Calling: Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul.

    Principle #2 Grace: God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you. Quit beating yourself up because you feel inadequate. God never intended you to parent separate of Himself.

    Principle #3 Law: Your children need God’s law, but you cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish. If rules and regulations had the power to change the heart and life of your child, rescuing your child from himself and giving him a heart of submission and faith, Jesus would have never needed to come!

    Principle #4 Inability: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. Our job is not heart change, but to be humble and willing instruments of change in the hands of God.

    Principle #5 Identity: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identify in your children (and other things). Jesus is your life, and this frees you and your children from the burden of asking them to give you what Jesus has already given you.

    Principle #6 Process: You must be committed as a parent to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event.

    Principle #7 Lost: As a parent, you’re not dealing just with bad behavior, but a condition that causes bad behavior.

    Principle #8 Authority: One of the foundational heart issues in the life of every child is authority. Teaching and modeling the protective beauty of authority is one of the foundations of good parenting.

    Principle #9 Foolishness: The foolishness inside your children is more dangerous to them than the temptation outside of them. Only God’s grace has the power to rescue fools.

    Principle #10 Character: Not all of the wrong your children do is a direct rebellion to authority; much of the wrong is the result of a lack of character.

    Principle #11 False gods: You are parenting a worshiper, so it’s important to remember that what rules your child’s heart will control his behavior.

    Principle #12 Control: The goal of parenting is not control of behavior, but rather heart and life change.

    Principle #13 Rest: It is only rest in God’s presence and grace that will make you a joyful and patient parent.

    Principle #14 Mercy: No parent gives mercy better than one who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself. Your primary calling as a parent is not first to represent God’s judgement, but rather to constantly deliver his mercy.

    Click here for more resources from Paul Tripp

  • Do mission together!

    Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children, in more than 100 countries since 1993. During shoebox distributions, local churches present a Gospel message about how Jesus is The Greatest Gift the children could ever receive. Then, they invite the children to a 12-lesson discipleship course called “The Greatest Journey.”

    It’s important as parents, to not only live out our faith in front of our children, but to also include them in doing mission together! Operation Christmas Child provides a great way to teach your children about caring for others as your family blesses children all around the world.

    Here are several ideas on how you and your family can make an impact with Operation Christmas Child this year:

    1. Give Thanks

    Thank God for how He is working in the life of your family. Talk with your child about how important it is to share the message of Jesus with others, especially with those who haven’t heard about Him. Explore additional ways that you and your family can share about Jesus in your community.

    2. Select Gift Items

    You can include handmade items that you and your child have created. If you prefer to purchase the gifts, encourage your children to select gift items they think other children would like. Some people prefer to follow a theme, such as buying items of similar color. If your aim is to go gift shopping in one trip, consider making it a race among your family members. Can you fill a box—within budget—in 10 minutes or less?

    3. Personalize It

    Write a note and include a photo of your family in your shoebox. A photo transcends language differences and puts a face to the gift. Your kids can fill out our “Let’s Be Friends” coloring pages as another way to personalize the gift.

    4. Emphasize Prayer

    Pray before, during, and after packing your shoeboxes. Pray for smooth passage of the shoeboxes to their destinations. Pray for the local churches who will distribute these shoeboxes, as well as for the children who will receive them. Ask God to use your gift to open doors for the Gospel with their families.

    Make this into one of your family traditions each year, and create new ideas along the way!

    For more info on Operation Christmas Child click here!

    **You can also donate supplies at the Operation Christmas Child booth on Sunday mornings for the shoebox party on Nov. 13th @ 1PM!

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